Industry Challenge reports set out roadmaps for automotive propulsion

Tue 25 May 2021 View all news

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has published a series of reports on six ‘Industry Challenges', designed to help academics, industry and government determine where to focus their R&D activity by presenting the technical barriers to commercialising low carbon automotive technology in the short, medium and long term.  

The reports include insights from 130 organisations, including vehicle manufacturers, technology developers and engineering consultancies. They identify the most significant technology themes and provide examples of the research opportunities that could springboard innovation. 

Speaking about the report APC Stakeholder Engagement Director, Philippa Oldham, said: “Automotive innovation is moving at pace, and there is so much to go after, it can often be hard to know where best to focus efforts. 

“Our product and technology roadmaps give a robust forecast of where industry and technology is moving over the next 10 to 15 years. These reports add to that, by identifying what the technology challenges might be within that timeframe and gives examples of the industrial and academic research that might get us to market-readiness faster.” 

The documents cover Electrical Energy Storage, Electric Machines, Power Electronics, Thermal Propulsion System, Lightweight Vehicles and Powertrain Structures and Fuel Cell technology. The research examples featured in the documents are not fully comprehensive lists, but based on the insight gathered, that give a flavour of the understanding that would benefit the automotive industry.  

The industry challenges documents can be downloaded here.

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